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January 27, 2015

Out broadway star lands a recurring role in ABC's country music drama

Openly gay broadway star Kyle Dean Massey has joined the cast of ABC's country music drama Nashville in a recurring role.

Massey, 33, will play Kevin Bicks, 'one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Nashville who also happens to be openly gay.'

January 26, 2015

Royal household approves

King Felipe VI of Spain has become the first Spanish head of state to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.

The monarch is featured in a special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine which was published Friday (23 January) and will be given away at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

'The royal household is aware and approves the monarch to appear on the cover of this magazine, specialized on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual topics. This progress in La Zarzuela palace is extensively covered inside,' the publication said.

January 26, 2015

Indicates a UKIP government would cancel funding for treating gender dysphoria

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s top aide, Matthew Richardson, has called trans women ‘she-males’.

And his comments give the clearest indication yet the party wants to pull funding for treating gender dysphoria.

It’s a further major blow to the British anti-Europe party’s reputation in the LGBTI community after a series of embarrassing gaffes.

January 25, 2015

'I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that'

Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, wants to see the US Constitution amended if the Supreme Court strikes down marriage equality bans.

The Republican was a guest on the Sunday news show This Week.

January 23, 2015

Perhaps the first ‘ex-ex-gay’ activist, Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded the Love In Action ex-gay ministry in 1973 but became one of the movements biggest critics a few years later after the suicide of a close gay friend

One of the earliest members of the ex-gay movement in the United States to leave it and campaign against it has died this week, aged 80.

Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded what has been called the earliest ex-gay ministry, Love In Action, in 1973 with a heterosexual Christian preacher named Kent Philpott, and another gay man, Frank Worthen, in San Raphael, California.

Two years later Philpott released the book ‘The Third Sex?’ in which he claimed his ministry had successfully converted people from being gay to straight.

January 22, 2015

On the road with TV personalities, activists and models galore

Jason Carter [right] – on-air host and Pit Crew member for RuPaul's Drag Race

Best known as the most talkative of the Pit Crew on RuPaul’s Drag RaceJason Carter has also built on his modelling career to become a widely loved on-air host for television and social media entertainment programs.

January 22, 2015

Republican members of the Colorado State Senate have used their political weight to kill a bill to clean up the state’s civil unions law in the wake of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state simply to be obstructive

A group of influential Republican Colorado state senators have used their numbers on the Senate State Affairs Committee to block a law to clarify the state’s civil unions law even though the bill would have prevented gay bigamy.

Colorado passed a bill creating civil unions for same-sex couples in 2013 but the striking down of its ban on same-sex marriage by the courts has created legal complications for same-sex couples who end their relationships in that they will have to divorce twice if they married after entering into a civil union.

January 21, 2015

A man and a woman kissing would have apparently been acceptable

A McDonald's security guard could lose his job after telling a man who kissed his friend that 'gay kisses were unacceptable'.

Matthew Dummigan, 23, a dancer and bartender from Leicester (pictured), claims a doorman told him 'no kissing' was allowed after a male friend gave him a peck on the lips.

When he asked the bouncer if it was 'acceptable' if they were male and female, the doorman allegedly said 'yes'.

'It was horrific', Dummigan told the Leicester Mercury. 'He said it was making people feel uneasy. It was really upsetting for me.'

January 20, 2015

Actors says it is 'grossly unfair' his gay brother had to get married in Canada

Colin Farrell yesterday (19 January) said he supported the legalization of gay marriage in Ireland 'with every fiber of my being' ahead of a referendum on the issue.

In a televised debate on national broadcaster RTÉ, the Hollywood actor said it was 'grossly unfair' that his gay brother had to marry his partner Steven Mannion in Canada.

'To see them every day live their lives as a happily married couple is an amazing thing, and to think that they had to leave their own country to do that is sad and disappointing and just grossly unfair, I feel,' he said.

January 19, 2015

New South Wales politician loses battle with cancer

Paul O'Grady, Australia's first openly gay state MP, died yesterday (18 January) in Sydney after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

The Labor politician was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1988 to 1996. He became the first parliamentarian in the state to publicly come out in 1990.

O'Grady went on to champion LGBTI issues in parliament and invited all MPs to march with him at Sydney Mardi Gras in 1992.

January 19, 2015

Head of UK banking says professionals have a 'personal duty to come out' 

The chief executive of HSBC UK has said that being gay helped him climb the career ladder at the world's second largest bank.

António Simões took the helm of the bank's UK division in 2012 and last week he topped the Out at Work list of the most influential LGBTI people in business.

Praising the City's tolerance, he joked that being gay was less likely to have held him back than being a '39-year-old, short, bald, Portuguese.'

January 19, 2015

Ultra-modern chic meets Elizabethan mystique at this stylish stopover, just 30 minutes from Brighton

Ah, the great, green county of Sussex. Home to an abundance of outstanding natural beauty and a slew of charming chocolate box towns and villages – and yet so many of us rarely venture out of the bustling gay mini-capital which is Brighton. But just half an hour north, perched atop a hill and boasting breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, you'll find the Tudor village of Cuckfield – and nestling its edge, the inviting Ockenden Manor.

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

January 18, 2015

The Irish actor, who has a gay brother, is set to appeal to the Irish public to support marriage equality in an upcoming referendum by appearing in a TV interview which will be aired on Monday night

Hollywood actor Colin Farrell is slated to persuade his country to support same-sex marriage by discussing the issue in a TV interview with Claire Byrne to be aired on Monday night, reports Goss.ie.

Ireland is set to decide whether it will recognize same-sex marriage in a referendum to be held in early May.

January 16, 2015

New study finds negative social stigmas for bisexuals are causing mental health problems

Bisexual women are more likely to suffer poor mental health compared to lesbians.

A new study published in the Journal of Public Health has claimed  bisexual women were 65% more likely to report eating problems and 37% were more likely to self-harm than lesbians.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also found they were more likely to have suffered from depression and anxiety than lesbians.

January 15, 2015

  One-stop travel shop returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (Jan 17)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub next week, on January 17 – and these are just some of the experts, organisations and friends of Gay Star News who will be on hand to make the event a day to remember...

Atlantic Pride – the gay cruise line specialists will be offering GSN readers a special discount on their 2016 cruise from the Caribbean to the Canaries.

January 15, 2015

TMZ quotes Kris Jenner as saying: 'It’s just mean to do, whether or not it’s true'

Olympic Gold Medalist turned reality show star Bruce Jenner was photoshopped to look like a woman on the cover of the current issue of In Touch magazine.

Even his ex-wife, Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner, thinks the magazine went too far.

January 15, 2015

Catholic school says the employee of 15 years broke church doctrine

A gay teacher has been fired in North Carolina after he announced his engagement to his long-term boyfriend on Facebook.

Lonnie Billard, 68, has taught drama and English at Charlotte Catholic High School for more than 15 years.

He retired as a full-time teacher in 2012, but continued to work at the school as a long-term substitute and had classes scheduled this month.

Billard announced his plans to marry his partner of 13 years Rich Dunham on Facebook in summer 2015.

January 15, 2015

His boyfriend thinks he's a little bit 'crazy'

A 20-year-old gay man has spent £20,000 ($30,000, €26,000) to look like British glamour model and tabloid star Katie Price.

Nathan Thursfield, from Stoke-On-Trent, has a 'major fascination' with the model and decided to take out loans to look like her.

He spent £6,000 ($9,100, €7,800) to have his nose reconstructed to match hers, and he also had his eyebrows tattooed on.

And he's not done yet. The 20-year-old plans to have five of his front teeth replaced with veneers, have liposuction and a bum lift that will cost him £4,500 ($6,800, €5,900).

January 14, 2015

Australian actress goes full frontal for her new feminist website

Australian actress Caitlin Stasey has said she is a lesbian despite having a boyfriend.

The former Neighbours star spoke candidly about her sexuality and posed naked for her new feminist website Herself, which was launched Saturday (10 January).

'I know it troubles people for me to refer to myself as a lesbian considering I have a male partner,' she wrote.

January 14, 2015

Emoticons include a fish taco, U-Haul truck and The L Word DVD

A Los Angeles advertising director has created a suite of nearly 50 lesbian emojis out of frustration with the lack of Sapphic emoticons for iPhone.

The Lesbian Emojis app launched two weeks ago on the Apple Store and includes a The L Word DVD cover, turkey baster and her personal favorite – a plaid shirt.

Kimberly Linn, associate creative director at Pitch ad agency, started Lesbian Emojis six months ago as a joke Instagram account that now has more than 10,000 followers.

January 13, 2015

Legatus believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be 'cured'

Forrest Gump actor Gary Sinise has pulled out of the annual conference of a Catholic business organization that believes homosexuality is a 'disorder' that can be ‘cured.'

The Oscar-nominated veterans activist today (13 January) said he did not know about Legatus' 'views on personal matters' when he agreed to speak at the summit.

'For me, faith has been a catalyst for my mission to honor the men and women who serve in our nation’s military,' he said.

January 13, 2015

Calpernia Addams, who’s life story was the basis of the movie A Soldier’s Girl, will take part in the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival as a special guest at the Gender Trailblazers event

The organizers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announced earlier today that American Transgender actress, artist, activist and LGBTI cultural icon, Calpernia Addams will be taking part in a special 2015 festival event focussing on transgender issues.

The 2014 Gender Trailblazers event saw Chaz Bono and Australian Defense Force Lt Colonel Cate McGregor AM share their inspiring stories to a packed theater.

Now in 2015 Addams will be a special guest at Gender Trailblazers at Sydney’s Seymour Center in Chippendale on Saturday 21 February at 7.30pm.

January 12, 2015

Judge Karen Schreier places stay on her ruling pending expected appeal from state

South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down on Monday (12 January) by a federal judge who declared it unconstitutional.

But there will be no marriage ceremonies, for now, as US District Court Judge Karen Schreier placed a stay on her ruling pending an expected appeal from the state.

In her 28-page decision, Schreier ruled that 'plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota law deprives them of that right solely because they are same-sex couples and without sufficient justification.'